Three issues in predicting more of the people: A reply to Mischel and Peake

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Abstract

Reviews 3 issues central to a critique by W. Mischel and P. K. Peake (see record 1983-05642-001) of several previous attempts to deal with the implications of the situational variability of behavior for the study of personality. The 3 issues are the assessment of situations, the basis of lay impressions of personality, and the role of aggregation in the prediction of behavior. It is concluded that Mischel and Peake have failed to address key elements of the earlier research and of each of these issues and that the best resolution of the controversy might be simply to acknowledge the distinct uses and limitations of both dispositional and situational variables. (27 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • situational variability of behavior, personality studies, criticism of article by W. Mischel & P. K. Peake

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